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I'm finally getting my AT ski set up after years of downhill skiing at resorts. I have already purchased the boots and bindings and now am just trying to decide on the right ski. I will be using these in the Eastern Sierras, Tahoe and Kings Canyon mainly.

I have been looking at these two options although am open to other suggestions.

Atomic Kailas - From what I have read has got some great reviews.

Dynafit Se7en Summit - I have not been able to find many reviews on this ski but have read good things about the Manaslu which is a bit out of my price range.

Since I'm just getting into this I plan to do a lot of practicing at June Lake since I have a season pass so ideally I'd like the ski to preform well in the backcountry and at the resort.
post #2 of 9
Nice to hear you are going to get out into the Backcountry more! DO IT! It's truely the best skiing. What TYPE of skiing are you going to be doing? Bloody Coulier, Dana Coulier, Coke Chute, Deadmans etc... or mellower lines? What level of skier are you? What boots and bindings did you get?

Thanks!
post #3 of 9
I have the Dynafit Manaslu in the 169 length and I absolutely adore it.  It is spectacular on the way up and also on the way down, at least in soft snow.  Note however that I am 5'5" and weigh 130lbs.  Even in the longer lengths, I don't think Dynafit skis are for big guys.  Lou Dawson at Wildsnow.com adores the Manaslu, and says it's the perfect BC ski for Colorado. 

The Se7en Summit is going to have better hard snow performance than the Manaslu.

You might also consider the K2 Shuksan, which is available at very reasonable prices.  It was designed by Swiss Guide and Pro Guiding Service owner Martin Volken.  Or, for something wider, the K2 Mount Baker.
post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by freeridetahoe View Post

What TYPE of skiing are you going to be doing? Bloody Coulier, Dana Coulier, Coke Chute, Deadmans etc... or mellower lines? What level of skier are you? What boots and bindings did you get?

What he said.  

FWIW, I <heart> PM Gear Bro Models for AT.  
post #5 of 9
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I consider myself an advanced skier on downhill. I can go down anything with confidence at the resorts although am still improving.  "Bloody Coulier, Dana Coulier, Coke Chute, Deadmans etc" Only one of these I actually know of is Bloody Coulier and that is on my list Also look forward to looking into the others.  I am also doing I think a more mellow trip to Pear Lake Hut in sequoia national park with an experienced group of split boarders.

Gear I have already purchased.


Garmont Endorphin: Great deal on Sierra Trading Post

Silvretta Pure Freeride: Was able to pick these up for $224.96 with an additional discount code I had on trading post as well. I've read and heard mixed reviews but seemed like a great deal. 

DTS Beacon

Probe and Shovel

post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by Acrophobia View Post

You might also consider the K2 Shuksan, which is available at very reasonable prices.  It was designed by Swiss Guide and Pro Guiding Service owner Martin Volken.  Or, for something wider, the K2 Mount Baker.

Your right K2 Shuksan is available at a reasonable price. I can get a great price on 180's, I was originally looking at 174's and a 178 for the Dynafit. I'm 6'3 160lbs.
post #7 of 9
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Gear I have already purchased.


Garmont Endorphin: Great deal on Sierra Trading Post

Silvretta Pure Freeride: Was able to pick these up for $224.96 with an additional discount code I had on trading post as well. I've read and heard mixed reviews but seemed like a great deal. 
 


I've got the same boots and bindings as you.  I dig em.
post #8 of 9
Look for something with a bigger shovel and early rise in the tip... aka Recurve. It will make your skiing all conditions that much more fun! Have you looked into the Praxis Backcountry or the Black DiamondZealot or Justice? Something in a 180 for sure. No shorter. Tell us what you get!

Check out this article on Rocker: http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en-us/blog/index/view/slug/how-rocker-affects-ski-length
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for your advice. It was a huge help getting me to research more into this type of ski. All suggestions definitely would be a good fit for me and all have had great reviews by customers using them. I went with the K2 Shuksan simply because I have already spent so much $$$ getting all the other backcountry gear (boots, bindings, probe, shovel, beacon, backpack, compass) Found a deal at http://www.evogear.com for 181's for $130.00 looks like they only have the 167's left if someone wants to jump on that size. Can't beat that price for a ski with such great user reviews.

Great ski, felt good in some June Lake pow this weekend and on the groomers. Figure I can upgrade after the season if I feel I need something a little fatter. Have my 1st backcountry trip planned right after the new year so I will give you an update in 2010.

Boots and bindings felt great too.
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